Circle has its roots in the pacifist movement of Family Service Units (FSUs), which were established during World War II to support the resettlement of families from bombed out communities. 

Units were quickly established throughout cities in England and, once the war ended, turned their attention to addressing other social needs and quickly developed expertise in delivering social work services.

FSU came to Scotland in 1974 at the invitation of Lothian Regional Council, to establish a specialist child protection service.

In 2006, FSU was merged with another organisation in England and FSU Scotland became independent and evolved into Circle.

Our Work

Circle is a Scottish Charity working at the heart of deprived communities across central Scotland. We support the most disadvantaged and difficult-to-engage children and families, to improve their lives and promote their healthy potential and development.


Read these anonymous diary entries from our front-line workers to learn exactly what we do.